From a small, sleepy, rural town of the 1950’s, Irmo South Carolina has grown into a bustling suburb of our capital city and now has some valuable International influences. As Columbia has grown and stretched its reach across the river, Irmo has become an extension of urban life and with it the benefits of a small town enjoying big-city shopping, cuisine, music and arts, excellent recreational activities, health care, sports, educational opportunities and economic growth. International diversity has added to the quality of life in this community.
The Irmo schools reflect these changes. The schools have students who speak more than 30 languages. Irmo Middle School is an International Academic Magnet school and Irmo High School is an International Arts Magnet. With our many cultural and faith differences, Irmo is a friendly, peaceful place to raise a family and pursue a career. Irmo is an economically successful community and our International residents contribute to that success.
To celebrate this diversity, Irmo is hosting its second International Festival on April 24 at the Community Park from 10-5 and it is free to the public. There will be live entertainment, food, a Storytelling tent, art exhibits, a Bounce house, vendors, and an opportunity to help build a Rangoli – a beautiful, giant eco-friendly Indian art form created on the ground. If you want to help build the Rangoli you can use the supplies that will be provided or bring your own kitchen or garden items to add: colored pasta, rice, spices, flowers, coffee grounds, beans, tea leaves, birdseed, corn, etc. You can also work on the Rangoli April 18-23 each afternoon beginning at 5 pm – a wonderful experience for nature lovers and creative artists of all ages.
The Irmo International Festival will be a fun day in the park for family members of all ages.